Meet Our Team
Our multi-disciplinary team consists of qualified professionals who share the goal of optimal health for the whole family. Paediatric care is a special focus, and we treat all ages besides, always striving to maximise health and wellbeing for all of our patients, with care and kindness.
Melinda Booth, Osteopath, B.Sc.(Clin); M.Ost.Med.
With her background of over 30 years of working with the human body as a professional ballet dancer, Pilates Instructor and massage therapist, Melinda has a strong first-hand understanding of how the body moves. She believes that movement is a fundamental building block of health.
Melinda focusses on restoring motion where it has been lost in the belief that improved function leads to improved overall wellbeing. Symptomatic relief is the first goal, followed by optimising the function of the body. Empowering the patient to understand and manage their pain, as well as addressing any factors that contribute to that pain is a key part of Melinda’s osteopathic care.
Melinda holds a Master of Osteopathic Medicine and a Bachelor of Clinical Sciences from Southern Cross University. She is interested in assisting with a wide variety of complaints, including back pain, neck pain and headaches. Melinda uses a wide variety of techniques ranging from cranial work to joint manipulations, depending on the patient’s needs. Since the birth of her two sons, she has developed a keen interest in working with babies, children and their parents and regularly completes further study into paediatric osteopathy.
Cole Clayton, Osteopath, M.Ost.Med, MHlth (Clinical Rehab), B.Clin Sci, GCert HProm, BFA.
I believe breathing well gives everything else context. With a solid foundation you can explore the infinite possibilities of breath, movement and health – but I reckon you gain more than that. You gain a whole new insight into day to day living.
I don’t say that lightly either. Up until around 34 years old my breathing was, well – crap. My energy wasn’t far behind and my mind was pretty riddled with anxiety, insecurity and a whole load of searching. They say “not all those that wander are lost”, but I sure as hell was.
This wasn’t for lack of trying though, I tried a lot of things to help, just everyday I woke up feeling like rubbish, my muscles fatigued quickly, ached constantly and I was tetchy as a rabid dog.
Then a synchronistic meeting with a mad-cat dentist set me down a trail. “You want to know the secret?” he says – yeh bring it…
“AIRWAY”!! The guy says with almost biblical conviction…
Airway? Yep the hardware you’ve got and how you use it. All of it; ribs, spine, neck, diaphragm, nose, mouth, blood, guts, brain – it’s all involved and it’s all complex.
It’s beautiful too.
And it saved my life, my mental health, my sleep and it was the secret sauce in me finding myself.
It’s what got me through 5 years studying osteopathy and a bunch of other hard stuff. What I’ve learned isn’t the next big thing but it’s the baseline for exploring the horizons offered by the current trend – breathing practice.
My work combines breath work, cranial and general osteopathy and cranio-facial exercise to help be part of the “airway” solution, helping people learn, understand and be empowered to make life-long change.
Tamika Newman, Lactation Consultant, RN, RM, IBCLC
For over ten years Tamika worked in a large tertiary hospital where the majority of her time was spent assisting women establish breastfeeding. Tamika started her private practice on the Gold Coast in January 2015 and has enjoyed caring for mother/baby dyads ever since.
Tamika’s philosophy around breastfeeding is to empower women to make informed choices during their breastfeeding journey by providing pathways relevant information to help each individual dyad on their unique journey. Tamika is passionate about finding the source of the breastfeeding challenge and supporting families to help them thrive.
Tamika received a Bachelor of Nursing in 2004, followed by Bachelor of Midwifery in 2005.
In 2010, she successfully sat her examination to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultation (IBCLC) and has been able to apply my knowledge gained from my midwifery work and focus and expand on the finer details of human lactation.
Throughout the years of her practice, she remains current with latest evidence based practices by attended many conferences and spending countless hours studying all things related to infant feeding, growth, sleep and development. Tamika has a special interested in oral anomalies such as tongue/lip ties and enjoy working with families to correct and establish effective feeding strategies.
As a mother of two beautiful children she understand just how important breastfeeding support is to establishing and maintaining a good breastfeeding relationship. Tamika is extremely passionate about assisting mothers during their transition to motherhood and particularly enjoy working with mothers to help meet their own personal goals during their unique breastfeeding journey.
Claire Ryan, Speech Pathologist, B Sp Path MSPA CPSP, Orofacial Myologist
After completing her degree in Speech Pathology at Southern Cross University, Claire entered the Speech Pathology world to explore her passion in literacy, language, speech, feeding, and Orofacial Myology. Currently, Claire heads the La La Speech Pathology Gold Coast practice where she is focused on applying evidence-based treatments to assist children with their learning difficulties in all areas of language and literacy.
When treating children with speech sound errors and feeding, she likes to take a holistic approach. Her additional training in Orofacial Myology forms a big part of her treatment as she finds many patients have some degree of oral dysfunction, meaning they find it difficult to use their oral anatomy correctly (tongue, jaw and lips) effectively. Not surprisingly, these are the parts of the body that are important to produce speech and also feeding from birth. She works as a part of our multidisciplinary team to support correct function for breastfeeding, bottle feeding, eating, swallowing, breathing and speaking and she loves working with the amazing team at Coastal Osteopathy and Family Health Clinic to achieve outcome for our clients of all ages.
Being a speech pathologist is her passion and she feels so fortunate and proud to say she loves what she does. In her spare time, Claire enjoys playdates at the beach with her beautiful young family and making lifelong memories with family and friends.
Dr. Justin Curtin, Metabolic Medicine, MB BS, BDS, FRACDS, FFD RCSIr., FRACDS(OMS), FRCSEd. Grad. Cert. Ed. (HEd.) UQ
A strong clinical and academic background have led Dr Curtin to conclude that our body retains its innate tendency to restore health throughout life and that balancing the body’s interrelated systems brings optimal health. These principles now permeate all of his practice.
Dr Curtin is a Registered Medical and Dental Specialist in Oral and MaxilloFacial Surgery. He has held Professoriate Teaching posts at The University of Hong Kong and has published numerous peer-reviewed journals. In recent years, Dr Curtin has formalised his knowledge in metabolic medicine. This has included training in Advanced Nutritional Assessment, the Walsh/ Pfeiffer protocols and passing the Primary Examination of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine.
Dr. Curtin consults a wide range of patients including those traditionally seen by Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and complex chronic conditions requiring a more holistic approach.
Linda Chan, Holistic Nutritionist
Linda believes a person’s health is an expression of the complex interplay between the physiological, emotional, environmental, as well as spiritual aspects of each individual’s unique life and being. Therefore, when it comes to building health through nutrition, each individual should be supported uniquely and differently.
With an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Nutritional Therapeutics, Linda approaches each case with a science-based mindset and skillset while also valuing the importance of a client’s mind-body-spirit connection to his or her health and wellness.
Linda is thorough and attentive to detail, and she practices from a place of care. Her passion in holistic nutrition and wellness has kept her busy as a student. She is currently undertaking further studies in Clinical Nutrition accredited by ATMS (Australian Traditional Medicine Society), a postgraduate degree in Human Nutrition, in addition to further training in Bach Flower and traditional Chinese medicinal diet.
During consultation, Linda will assess each case history thoroughly in order to get a comprehensive understanding of the clients’ health concerns and underlying causes. This vital information will serve as a guide for Linda to formulate recommendations on dietary advice, nutritional supplements, and/or lifestyle modifications. Linda aims to support each individual client in achieving his or her best possible state of health. Further investigation via functional testings may also be recommended.
Linda has a special interest in:
- Gut health
- Sports nutrition
- Food allergies
- Nutrition for all age especially children and adolescents
- Member of International Institute for Complementary Therapists
- Student member of Australian Traditional Medicine Society